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[Meta] Did we drop the "what are you playing" monthly thread? Also, mods haven't been active for a while, should someone take over?
  • I don't know about DoD but DoD Source has servers. For folks down under the ANZAC server starts to get going at about 6pm AEST each night with friendly admins to help shoo the dickheads away.

  • [Meta] Did we drop the "what are you playing" monthly thread? Also, mods haven't been active for a while, should someone take over?
  • Day of Defeat Source for an hour or so each night. I rock a lemon for a computer but it can run DoD and I still get kicks out of it.

  • NLnet; 45 Projects Receiving New NGI Zero Grants
  • Interesting projects I haven't heard of.

  • Sydney discussion thread for the week of Mon Jun 17 2024
  • What are all my Sydney and New South Welshies (Welshes?) up to this week?

  • Adelaide Crows v Sydney Swans Highlights | Round 14, 2024 | AFL
  • Amarty had 10 touches for the game lol. 10 touches, nine goals. One of those touches was a behind.

  • Solar Power’s Giants Are Providing More Energy Than Big Oil
  • Footnotes

    1. A small but crucial share of the world's petroleum goes into non-energy products such as plastics, cosmetics, asphalt and lubricants. But the vast majority is ultimately burned for fuel.

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    2. Refineries do make use of waste heat to power some of their processes, but the same isn't true of vehicle engines.

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    3. Solar panels don’t generate at night, and produce most of their power for a few hours around midday, so as with vehicle engines their actual power output is well below their maximum theoretical level. We've assumed a global figure for this so-called capacity factor of 17%, based on the median of the International Energy Agency's estimates for China, the EU, India and the US.

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  • Solar Power’s Giants Are Providing More Energy Than Big Oil
  • Put the two side by side, and the result is striking. The biggest polysilicon producers right now can go head-to-head with some of the biggest oil companies such as BP, Eni and ConocoPhillips — and panel makers** **aren’t far behind. Should Tongwei go ahead with plans announced in December to build a 400,000 ton polysilicon plant in Inner Mongolia, nearly doubling its current output, it might overtake even ExxonMobil:

    That still understates things. An oil company is ultimately developing reserves of petroleum that can keep producing for a decade or so into the future. A manufacturer, similarly, is building a factory that can churn out similar volumes year in, year out, until the equipment is worn out or obsolete.

    If you consider what each group of companies can produce without major additional investments — comparing the volumes in oil firms’ geological reserves to what solar companies will be able to produce before depreciation wears out their plant — clean power moves clearly into the lead:

    That’s still forgetting one more crucial factor. A solar panel sold by Longi in 2024 will be generating electricity for decades. Most carry 25-year warranties. Oil and gas sold this year, however, will almost all be used up in a matter of months. If you look at the long-term flow of energy into the global economy that’s crystallized with each solar cell produced, it’s many times what’s being provided by Big Oil:

    Any comparison between oil and solar can be criticized for comparing apples with oranges — but if you buy apples and oranges you’ll often get a label telling you how many kilojoules they contain, and we should do doing the same for the exajoules provided by oil and solar businesses. Fruit, fuel and electricity all ultimately provide a measurable flow of energy.

    Since the first industrial revolution raised coal-rich Britain, Germany and the US to dominance, and the rise of crude brought power and wealth to Russia and the Middle East while extending America’s global lead, the nations that controlled the headwaters of these energy flows have been the hegemons of each succeeding century.

    Right now, seven Chinese companies have a bigger stake in the power source of the 21st century than the Seven Sisters of oil that dominated the 20th. If you want to understand the roots of the geopolitical angst driving Washington’s crackdown on China’s clean technology, it’s impossible to ignore that fact.

  • Solar Power’s Giants Are Providing More Energy Than Big Oil
  • You’ve heard of Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., Shell Plc, BP Plc, TotalEnergies Se, ConocoPhillips and Eni SpA?

    How about Tongwei Co., GCL Technology Holdings Ltd., Xinte Energy Co., Longi Green Energy Technology Co., Trina Solar Co., JA Solar Technology Co., and Jinko Solar Co.?

    If the former names are familiar giants and the latter obscure, you might want to rethink how you look at the companies that provide the world with energy. On a reasonable accounting of things, the latter are just as significant — if not more so — than the powerhouses of petroleum.

    That’s a remarkable shift. Around the middle of the 20th century, the predecessors of the major international oil companies attained such power that they were nicknamed the Seven Sisters, a group of energy producers with such global scope and influence that they could make or break governments. It took a wave of nationalizations and the 1973 oil crisis to end that model. A further disruption is now waiting in the wings, thanks to the unstoppable rise of China’s solar power sector.

    The best way to think about this is to consider what oil companies ultimately provide the world. It’s not really crude or natural gas, but the vital ingredient locked up in the chemical bonds of those hydrocarbons: energy.[1] The manufacturers of solar equipment, similarly, aren’t in the final analysis providing us with panels of silicon and glass, but machines that can harvest power from the sun. The activities of each group of companies provide a fresh flow of useful energy to the world every year. And by many measures, the solar companies have already overtaken Big Oil.

    To see how, you can start by converting the barrels of crude and cubic meters of gas produced by the big petroleum companies into a measure of energy — exajoules. An exajoule of electricity would be able to power Australia, Italy or Taiwan for a year. And the big oil companies are making a lot of it: About 8.3 EJ annually for ExxonMobil and 6.2 EJ at Shell.

    The vast majority of that is wasted, however. Only about a fifth of the chemical energy in freshly pumped crude ends up being turned into kinetic energy moving cars and trucks, because oil refineries and vehicle engines fritter most of it away as useless heat and noise.[2] Gas turbines are a bit more efficient at turning methane into power, but still end up operating at about one-third efficiency once you account for losses from gas well to electrical socket. At a rough estimate, only about a quarter of the energy coming out of an oil company’s wells gets turned into useful power.

    We can do a similar transformation with solar. Companies such as Tongwei, GCL or Xinte that produce the polysilicon raw material for solar panels measure their output capacity in metric tons per year. It’s a simple process to convert that into gigawatts of the solar cells made by Longi, Jinko and the like, and ultimately into the exajoules that the resulting panels will generate[3].

  • Lord Montague
  • Guillotine?

  • Anyone have recommendations for STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl mods?
  • The audiobook narrated by Robert Forster is also great.

  • The truth...
  • The Palestinian struggle is one source of inspiration for the Bajorans. It boggles my mind when I read comments that 'Bajoran' episodes are boring.

  • Australia Community Anniversary Thread
  • Is this the new Australia Day?

  • Any temprory free OTP number sites you know that works ?
  • I don't think the Telegram concerns are just privacy. I've read some mild speculation in other comments that the app may be compromised. 2FA will not protect you against a compromised app.

  • Alternative Brisbane Daily Discussion Thread⸻Tuesday 11/06/2024—🤖🚓🚓🚓 😶‍🌫️🤔🐈‍⬛🚫🪥
  • You have spaces before and after your em dashes. You're doing it wrong. Suck on that.

    Sincerely yours,
    Friend of brisbot

  • www.smh.com.au ‘They were grown men with guns. I was in my PJs’: The crises where police aren’t wanted

    Police should be relegated to back-up support for mental health workers or not respond at all to call-outs for severely mentally ill people in crisis, a major state inquiry has concluded.

    ‘They were grown men with guns. I was in my PJs’: The crises where police aren’t wanted

    Archive link.

    Police should be relegated to back-up support for mental health workers or not respond at all to call-outs for severely mentally ill people in crisis, a major NSW inquiry has concluded.

    But the recommendation fell short of demanding the reform be urgently implemented despite the deaths of more than 50 people during or as a result of police responding to mental health emergencies across NSW in the past five years, and strong support from mental health experts, patients, families and police.

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    Day 1: Secrets of Wytch Farm | Time Team (Dorset) 2024

    Laid up in bed this weekend with COVID. First time I've had it as far I know. Over the years all the RATs I did were negative but I finally got a positive this weekend. Yesterday was all fever and headaches.

    This episode feels like the production has worked out the kinks of the new series. It's really great.

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    Sydney v Carlton Highlights | Round 10, 2024 | AFL

    Wrong logo in the thumbnail for Carlton. Will probably get fixed.

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    Australian Tech @aussie.zone maniacalmanicmania @aussie.zone

    If a dog year is about 7 human years and a cat year (after the first couple years) is about 4 human years than how many human years are there in the average computer year?

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    www.smh.com.au E-scooter trial to mitigate Bankstown line closure – but only at three stations

    Inner west passengers are set to be offered a limited e-scooter trial to help ease public transport woes when the T3 heavy rail line is shut down for 12 months.

    E-scooter trial to mitigate Bankstown line closure – but only at three stations
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    Finally, after a long blockage, it's now legal in Western Australia to take a plunger to a toilet or change a showerhead

    www.abc.net.au Finally, after a long blockage, it's now legal in WA to take a plunger to a toilet or change a showerhead

    As part of law reforms regulating plumbing in the state, it is now legal for residents to do small plumbing jobs in their own homes.

    Finally, after a long blockage, it's now legal in WA to take a plunger to a toilet or change a showerhead

    cross-posted from: https://aussie.zone/post/8582419

    > So, uh should i be expecting a visit from the fuzz for all the tap reseals i may or may not have done over the years?

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    www.bbc.co.uk World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés says Israel targeted staff in Gaza 'car by car'

    World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés says Israel's deadly strike in Gaza on Monday was not a mistake.

    World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés says Israel targeted staff in Gaza 'car by car'

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.zip/post/12986499

    > > World Central Kitchen founder José Andrés says Israel's deadly strike in Gaza on Monday was not a mistake. > > Archived version: https://archive.ph/U4FnP

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    Australian Tech @aussie.zone maniacalmanicmania @aussie.zone
    arstechnica.com Carmakers give up on software that avoids kangaroos

    Australia is turning to virtual fences to cut down on car-kangaroo impacts.

    Carmakers give up on software that avoids kangaroos
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    Strike That Killed World Central Kitchen Workers Bears Hallmarks of Israeli Precision Strike

    www.bellingcat.com Strike That Killed World Central Kitchen Workers Bears Hallmarks of Israeli Precision Strike - bellingcat

    Bellingcat analysed images of three destroyed and damaged vehicles struck by Israeli forces.

    Strike That Killed World Central Kitchen Workers Bears Hallmarks of Israeli Precision Strike - bellingcat

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.ml/post/13976077

    > Strike That Killed World Central Kitchen Workers Bears Hallmarks of Israeli Precision Strike

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    Norman Finkelstein and Chris Hedges discuss Israel, Gaza, Oct. 7 at Princeton

    Norman Finkelstein and Chris Hedges discuss Israel, Gaza, Oct. 7 at Princeton. Published on 29 March 2024.

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    www.theguardian.com ‘Poison portal’: US and UK could send nuclear waste to Australia under Aukus, inquiry told

    Labor describes claims as ‘fear-mongering’ and says government would not accept waste from other nations

    ‘Poison portal’: US and UK could send nuclear waste to Australia under Aukus, inquiry told

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.zip/post/12864190

    > ‘Poison portal’: US and UK could send nuclear waste to Australia under Aukus, inquiry told > > > Labor describes claims as ‘fear-mongering’ and says government would not accept waste from other nations > > Archived version: https://archive.ph/OKW8S

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